Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Anticipation: A gamer's best friend AND worst enemy

With games Saint's Row: The Third, Gears of War 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, 2011 was definitely a wonderful year. There was plenty of good gaming crammed into the handful of awesome games, but I definitely felt as though 2011 was a serious let down.

I had a lot of fun with Saint's Row, Gears, Skyrim, MW3, the BF3 campaign, Disgaea 4, White Knight Chronicles II and a handful of other games, but there was also lot of time spent playing my backlog and various Xbox Live Arcade games just to fill the gaps in between the few good new releases.

I wont sit here and give you a rundown of details, but I would definitely give Saint's Row: The Third and Disgaea 4 my "Game Of The Year" award; it's a tie between the two. Both games had me going for quite some time, and neither were annoying or unfun at any point.

While 2012 looks to be an amazing year for gamers across the globe, 2011 definitely had it's moments.

So far, Kingdoms of Amalur: Recknoning, Syndicate, Mario Party 9 and Mass Effect 3 have dropped, with Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City coming out a week from now. Throw in Silent Hill: Downpour tomorrow, Silent Hill HD Collection later this month and many other games coming throughout the rest of the year, which includes Resident Evil 6 and a new Devil May Cry, and you're looking at one very happy Steve.

I feel like I've already had more fun this year than I did last year just due to sheer anticipation! Who knows, though? That could all change when the games actually hit store shelves. Some of them can and most likely will turn out far worse than expected, while other games will be unexpected surprises.

The new Nintendo console, currently titled the "Wii-U", is also set for a release a bit later in the year. With around 3 times the power of the current generation of gaming consoles, a slew of new features, a more streamlined controller and the supposed definitive versions of multiconsole releases, it's hard not to be excited, even if only to see what happens in application upon the console's release and the following first few months of it's lifespan.

I guess, in the end, we'll just have to see what happens. But one thing's for sure: I'm as excited as ever!

Over and out!